And then it is Winter.

 

You know.. . . Time has a way of moving quickly

And catching you unaware of the passing years.


It seems just yesterday that I was young,

Just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

And yet in a way, it seems long ago,

And I wonder where all the years went.

I know that I lived them all...

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams...

But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...

How did I get here so fast?

Where did the years go and when did my youth vanish? I remember well...

Seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people

Were years away from me and that winter was so far away

That I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...

But, here it is...

My friends are retired and already grey...

They move slower; when I see an older person now.

Some are in better and some worse shape than I am ....

But, I see the great changes...

Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...

But, like me, their age clearly shows and we are now those older folks

That we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just taking a shower is a target for the day!

And taking a nap is not just a treat anymore.... it's mandatory!

Cause if I don't on my own free will ... I just fall asleep where I sit! And so...

Now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared

For all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability

To go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!But, at least I know, that though winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...

This I recognize, that when it's over.... Its over...

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...

Things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.

It's all wrapped up in a lifetime...So, if you're not in your winter yet...

Let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.

So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!

Don't put things off too long!
Life goes by so fast. Do what you must today,

As you're never sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life... So,

Live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember....

And hope that they appreciate and love you for everything

That you have done for them in all the years past!"